Randall Cobb Can’t Catch

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Randall Cobb: boss

Randall Cobb: boss

Apparently Randall Cobb wants to be Jermichael Finley, this year. That is, the guy with stone hands. They guy who gets hit right in the hands with the football and the football bounces harmlessly to the ground. A latter day Antonio Stone Hands Freeman, if you will.

Tyler Dunne says Cobb has already dropped four catchable balls in competitive drills. The Urinal Sentinel also says Cobb dropped a team-high 10 passes last season, but that can’t be true. Because… Jermichael Finley.

So are we concerned, Mike?

“Randall Cobb catches the football very well,” McCarthy said. “He might drop a ball. I don’t know if there’s a concern. But it’s something we spend a lot of time on. We need to catch the football better….I’ve never been part of a perimeter group that accepts anything less than being 100 percent, and that’s what we’re striving for.

“As far as Randall Cobb’s evaluation of catching the football, he has very good hands.”

Way to toe that company line, Mike!

On the upside, Cobb led the Green Bay Packers in receiving last season with 80 catches for 954 yards. He’s the team’s most versatile player — he can line up wide or in the backfield. He returns kicks and punts. He does all of those things really well.

Maybe that’s the problem.

There’s been talk of taking Cobb off kick and punt returns, but McCarthy recently said if the season opened now, Cobb would be the man. That doesn’t mean that can’t change. The Packers have experimented with a number of guys on returns already in camp. The frontrunner to replace Cobb would seem to be Jeremy Ross, who handled those duties when Cobb was out last season.

Minus a muffed punt in the playoff game at San Francisco, Ross handled those duties pretty well.

What the hell am I getting at?

Maybe it’s time to let Cobb concentrate solely on his offensive duties.

About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

19 Comments on "Randall Cobb Can’t Catch"

  1. Jack MeHauff

    I enjoy your articles Monty, but comparing Cobb to Finley is beyond low. He was a very good player last year, and he doesn’t deserve these embarrassing comparisons.

    • TyKo Steamboat

      You’re probably right…But he did drop a few balls last year. & people forget he was a QB in college, not a WR.

      I still hold my breath whenever a ball is tossed to him.

      • Phatgzus

        He was a QB but he was also a receiver, they officicially moved him to WR in his junior year, he was also their lead rusher, there’s a reason Kentucky’s O was nicknamed the “Wild Cobb Offense”.

  2. Packer Bob

    “Way to toe that company line, Mike!”

    It really gives you a boner to stick it to McCarthy, doesn’t it? You also seem to be somewhat of an attention whore by attempting to create drama where there is none. Comparing Cobb to Finley reeks of desperation to fabricate headlines out of thin air.

    But it’s your blog, so blog on, or whatever…

    • Vijay

      Yeah, but he appears to have high ratings and if this blog is the TMZ of Packer’s news, that’s OK, isn’t it?

  3. PF4L

    Cobb had 2300 all purpose yards….What other Packer player did that? Cobb is fine, and will be everyone’s hero again once the season starts…..Cobb is an asset, not an issue.

  4. PF4L

    But Monty is right, take him off of special teams….I doubt Shawn Slocum wants to do that, because Cobb basically saved his job last year. Slocum is awful.

    • Phatgzus

      Uh the Packers have had one of the highest ranked special teams units for the past 2 years sans FG% last season (punts inside 20, net punting-Masthay set the Packer record last year, opponent return avg., return avg., Crosby was even one of the best kckers in ’10 and ’11; they even have 3 return TDs-granted one was a gift from the replacement refs-a punt-block TD, and 2 amazing and ballsy 4th-down completions vs. the Saints and the Bears-which may have well been the play of the season for the team). They had a
      bad day vs. One of the best return men in Sproles and a
      terrible call by MM vs. da Bears, but that’s it. Your comments make me wonder, “Do you even watch the games?”

      • PF4L

        Phatgzus……..I’m sure you already know everything..smh…But Mike Stock was fired after the 2008 season after the special teams ranked 26th….So the Packers hired Shawn Slocum for the 2009 season….In the 2009 season..The Packers Special teams ranked 31st…In 2010 31st again…in 2011 29th…In 2012 18th (because of Cobb)……So my point was, Cobb likely saved Slocums job…….So phatgzus…Before you type…Put down the Kool aid and try gaining some actually knowledge before you type and make a fool of yourself……You’re welcome.

        • Phatgzus

          According to Football Outsiders, the Packers were 8th last year and 18th this year (mainly due to Crosby’s historically abhorrent season). They’ve given up fewer TDs (1) than they’ve scored (5), perhaps you should analyze the stats that matter rather than ones such as gross opponet return yards. Furthermore, stats are nothing more than cliffnotes to the game for example the importance of the plays vs the Bears and Saints isn’t depicted on the stat sheet.
          Maybe you should stop drinking the unsweetened lemonade and start drinking the Kool-Aid, Jim Jones is dead and it’s a tasty treat.

  5. Phatgzus

    He had a lot of those drops early In the season, I also can’t recall seeing miss a ball on a crucial play: clinching TD vs. Deetwoi with time running down, TD vs. The Rams to go up 2 scores late in the 4th, the catch and spin vs. AZ-when Driver deferred the route-for a TD to set the tone of the game, and the catch vs. Chicago which is one of the best I’ve ever seen by a Packer receiver, right up there with JJs vs. Nawlins and DDs one handed grab with a Rams defender pulling him to the ground by his right arm.

  6. Savage57

    The last line from last night’s bedtime prayer.

    “And God, please don’t let Randall Cobb say anything about this being his ‘Year of the Takeover’ “.

  7. Kozak

    I seem to remember someone wanting to dump James Jones before last season for the same reason. Lets see how it goes during the season.

  8. A-Rod Inurboothola

    We already knew he drops a few. Better than dropping his pants…or not depending on which team you bat for, I don’t judge.

  9. Deepsky

    Speaking of receivers, I just want to mention that while Cris Carter is being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Sterling Sharpe was the superior receiver when they played at the same time.

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